San Jose

San Jose, Costa Rica

Cancer Support Center

Spanish (Intermediate)

This nonprofit organization is dedicated to the prevention of cancer, providing treatment, and supporting patients and their families. Participants may be able to assist in receiving patients and writing and maintaining patient records. Observe supportive therapies developed by the center’s psychologists, or assist with educational workshops and presentations to raise cancer awareness. Placements that may involve patient interaction are observation-based; participants are required to complete the Global Ambassadors for Patient Safety (GAPS) workshop for eligibility. *Due to the pandemic, most health-related placements will not be available through Summer 2021.*

HIV Non-Profit Organization

Spanish (Advanced)

This NGO dedicates itself to providing information about HIV and its prevention. They offer workshops and talks to the public, give emotional support to patients diagnosed with HIV, and seek to reduce the risk of HIV in vulnerable populations. Participants in this role may help give workshops and educational talks to the public, conduct research, provide emotional support for patients affected by HIV, AIDS and/or STIs, and help with daily tasks around the center. There may also be opportunities to assist the organization in strengthening their prevention efforts and contributing to a better quality of life for patients. Placements that may involve patient interaction are observation-based; participants are required to complete the Global Ambassadors for Patient Safety (GAPS) workshop for eligibility. *Due to the pandemic, most health-related placements will not be available through Summer 2021.*

Health Clinics

Spanish (High Intermediate)

These public and private clinics throughout San José offer general medical services, specialty medicine, and educational health campaigns. Health clinic placements are best for students majoring in Pre-Medicine, Pre-Nursing, Public Health, and Health Science or for students interested in learning about foreign health care systems. Participants may be placed in a general hospital, public or private clinic, community health center, or other healthcare setting and may have opportunities to learn about health issues, prevention, health care, and patient care in Costa Rica by engaging with and shadowing local professionals. Additionally, participants may serve in a variety of ways including preparing emergency kits, accompanying patients, and sterilizing materials. Participants may also accompany trained professionals on home visits and/or assist staff in coordinating and conducting health campaigns on topics such as nutrition, dengue, and immunizations. Please note that participants' experiences may vary depending on interests, host organization, language level and education level. Placements that may involve patient interaction are observation-based; participants are required to complete the Global Ambassadors for Patient Safety (GAPS) workshop for eligibility. *Limited availability. **Due to the pandemic, most health-related placements will not be available through Summer 2021.**

Children's Hospital

Spanish (High Intermediate)

This hospital treats children with a vast array of health conditions including burns, cancer, acute conditions, premature birth, and more. This placement is best for students majoring in Pre-Medicine, Pre-Nursing, Public Health, and Health Science or for students interested in learning about foreign health care systems. Participants in this role may be able to visit and read to children in the various wards, assist volunteer staff at the hospital with the duties of the ward, and boost morale of the patients through story-telling, arts and crafts projects, and games. Placements that may involve patient interaction are observation-based; participants are required to complete the Global Ambassadors for Patient Safety (GAPS) workshop for eligibility. *Limited availability. **Due to the pandemic, most health-related placements will not be available through Summer 2021.**

Senior Citizens' Home

Spanish (Intermediate)

For 130 years, this senior citizens’ home has been providing comprehensive care for the elderly. They strive to provide a family atmosphere of acceptance and respect, while fully addressing the needs of over 200 seniors. Participants in this organization may have opportunities to plan and lead recreational activities, organize games, socialize with and read to the residents, teach dance or aerobics classes, and assist with everyday activities. Placements that may involve patient interaction are observation-based; participants are required to complete the Global Ambassadors for Patient Safety (GAPS) workshop for eligibility. *Due to the pandemic, most health-related placements will not be available through Summer 2021.*